Back in the 1960s, when he was reading physics at Oxford, they used to call him Heavy Henry. The name had nothing to do with Michael Thorne‘s weighty intellect or the burden of his no-doubt substantial textbooks, but rather with his primary extra-curricular occupation: a traveling disco and light show in which he went by that name. Despite his rigorous path through academia, Mr. Thorne never lost the interest in music he developed taking piano lessons as a child, and he later became an A&R man with EMI and, eventually, a versatile record producer.
Still, in comparison to some residents of Walker Tower, at 212 West 18th Street—which reportedly include Cameron Diaz, Katie Holmes, Harrison Ford and Nicole Kidman—Mr. Thorne is no kind of heavy at all. But that did not stop him from purchasing a $9.8 million tenth-floor apartment in the building, according to city records.
The Neverending Story
If there’s one thing that we know about the Catholic Church, it’s that homeboys in the Vatican are totally hip to the concerns of youth culture.
In their newest attempt to spread the good word amongst the PBR-drinking set, the Catholic Diocese of Brooklyn has launched a series of ads designed to appeal to native Read More
The Neverending Story
Most of the attention on the 9/11 memorial has been focused on Lower Manhattan for this, the 10th anniversary of the attacks. There was the grand opening on Sept. 11, of course, but also budget woes at the museum and wrangling over the fate of a Greek Orthodox Church.
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Charles Park did not grow up believing in God. He did not even pick up a Bible until he emigrated to America from South Korea at 13, arriving in Los Angeles, where a number of his relatives lived. His uncle had already been exiled there for criticizing the republic, and his grandmother joined Read More
Hide Ya Kids
The River is probably the only church where one of the ministers used to write the Heard on the Street column for The Wall Street Journal and now uses his iPad to deliver messages directly from God to parishioners. It is also likely the only church, at least in New York, where a penitent’s ears Read More
How long can Kevin Antoine Dodson’s “bed intruder rant” maintain it’s hold on our collective attention? It’s already spawned the most watched viral video of the year, the Gregory Brothers’ “Bed Intruder Song,” and earned the Alabama anti-home invasion crusader a gig as spokesperson for a sex-offender tracking smartphone app. Read More